Soho Revue 'Nothing Perishes' and launch party

April 15, 2015
Soho Revue Nothing Perishes launch India Rose James

There’s a hot new upstart on the London art scene and it’s the Soho Revue. Like a bold wind, this fresh breath of air arrived to Soho bringing with it a showcase of emerging artists.
"The Revue offers a vibrant new destination in the heart of London where highly  promising contemporary artists will be drawn together within an exceptional Greek Street location. This new art gallery is an important challenge as it hopes to revive an innovative artistic scene in historically counter-cultural Soho. At the core of the project is a dynamic, expert and ambitious team who plan for the Soho Revue to be a cultural condenser, encouraging a dialogue between all major artistic fields.  
The Revue committee pride themselves on being highly discerning, curating the artistic program via collaborations with pre-eminent writers, editors and artistic directors. By conducting a series of avant-garde events, our commitment is to provide a podium to galvanize creative exploration and strengthen the voice of emerging artists." - Soho Revue

Spring is synonymous with new beginnings and birth (rebirth?) so it was apt that India Rose James and Will Pelham's new baby made its debut yesterday on the 'hottest day of the year (so far)’ at the gallery launch party at 14 Greek Street. India and I have been friends for years: she is one of the most sincere, sweetest, generous of hearts I know, and one of the most energetic and stylish bright young things in London (believe me, the competition is stiff). I am ecstatic that all her hard work, vision, and ambition have come to fruition — I’m so proud of you Indy! Behind every great woman is a patient and supportive man, and Soho Revue - named in honour of India’s late grandfather, Paul Raymond ‘The King of Soho’ - is very much Will's baby as it is India's. 

Soho Revue Nothing Perishes launch India Rose James

India and Will. Congratulations you guys! One of the cutest couples I know and proof that you can have it all: love and career. 

Soho Revue Nothing Perishes launch India Rose James

Soho Revue Nothing Perishes launch India Rose James

True to the dynamic nature of Soho Revue, the launch party saw quite a turn out with some of London's brightest and most beautiful jostling shoulders with renowned art dealers and celebrities alike. On the guest list were actors Douglas Booth and Luke Treadaway, poet Marine Tanguy, and designer Ozwald Boateng. Naturally, the paparazzi were out in full force, adding to the substantial crowd that gathered outside the gallery to try and catch a glimpse of the happenings inside.


Soho Revue Nothing Perishes launch India Rose James

While the facade of Soho Revue is a historical building with significant heritage to traditionally counter-culture (a delightful contrast if I ever saw one) Soho, the interior is decidedly modern and most fitting of the contemporary nature of the artists showcased in the gallery. 


'Slow Light', an installation by photographer and musician Wendy Bevan.



'Unfamiliar Faces' by Maximilian Herbert. Miniature oil paintings of flame lit faces emerging out of darkness. Each individual portraits is completed from life, seated face to face with the sitter, within a four hour period in near total darkness but for the light of a paraffin lamp.



'I Need A Reality Check' by Scarlett Bowman. Deceptively fluffy looking (or was it really fluffy? I didn't dare to touch) sculpture manipulated from recycled plastic, acrylic, and pigment.



Another piece by Scarlett Bowman - PE7, a composite of pigment and acrylic. 



'Developing Shadows' by Walter Hugo & Zoniel.


'Series Loose Notes of Sorrow : When I have fears that I may cease to be', delicate watercolours and ink work by Alison Bignon.

My favourite artist by far was Jennifer Abessira, a photographer from Tel Aviv whose diptychs were brought to life on LED light boxes. Her project, 'Elastique', started in 2011 as a blog and continues today as images from her everyday, in her constant attempt to classify and arrange her life. 


“Elastique” attempts to create an order in our reality, which is ever more multifaceted. Within this multitude of images, the process of creation is the process of living. I produce images from my daily life; I have no studio, a fact that dictates a spontaneous approach towards the medium of image making. Like the experience of Internet surfing, “Elastique” aims to encapsulate the aforementioned reality. Each diptych creates an association between two different images. The essence of Elastique is to constantly classify and arrange my life, which is dominated by an unstoppable flow of images. From a wider perspective, it can be perceived as an ongoing cultural archive. The project started in 2011 as a blog and continues until now. In today’s hyper-reality the constant flux of images and meanings generates a situation in which it is difficult to identify the source; in this multiplicity, the concept of truth, of authenticity, is lost. I embrace that multiplicity as my playground. The associations I make could originate only from the Internet, a chaotic field that allows me to create new forms of image making.


'I Hate Yoga' - this piece, one of a limited run of 5, has already been snapped up by India for her personal collection.


I find myself drawn to 'SnowFlakeMyriam is dreaming (with Aviad Bar-ness)'...


...and 'When I die I want to turn into marble'. A sentiment that echoes with me, except that I want marble in every aspect of my life. I did after all try to turn myself into a living slab of stone when I dressed in marble print then tried to camouflage along the marble stairs of the V&A.

I have no doubt that Soho Revue is the art hero that Soho deserves and the one it needs right now. I've always believed in India's fresh and daring vision, and now you can see it for yourself in person at Soho Revue. Find  SOHO REVUE at 14 Greek Street, London W1D 4DP, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Images 6, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 courtesy of Soho Revue

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20 comments:

  1. It looks incredible, I adore "Slow Light"! Always great to hear stories of when hard work has paid off for someone!
    Lauren xx

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  2. What incredible pieces of art!v It looks like a fab event and congratulations to your friends!

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  3. How nice that India is carrying on her famous grandfather's tradition. I love the Slow Light piece

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  4. India is keeping tradition and heritage alive while updating it with contemporary talent, it's inspired isn't it?

    I love Slow Light too...soooooo soothing. What I'd give to have a huge, stark, minimal room with the installation as the centrepiece. I'd just sit there and stare at it whenever I need to calm down. x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  5. A lot of it is from the Soho Revue website! It was hard to take full-length shots of the art because the gallery was packed! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  6. Angie, it really was. You should pop into Soho Revue and see the exhibit in person, I think you'd love it! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  7. I agree Lauren! I love seeing people's hard work come to fruition. x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  8. This was such a lovely read, and wasn't expecting it actually! Lovely photos.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  9. Lunch and LitApril 16, 2015

    This is amazing! I especially love the "Unfamiliar Faces" piece. So cool! I wish I lived in London, so I can see it in person! I am not one of those people who actively frequents Art Galleries (no particular reason, it's just not my first go to), but I would really love to see this one. India and Will did an amazing job!

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  10. Ohh looks like a fantastic evening, and I can vibe with how Jennifer Abessira call her life 'an unstoppable flow of images'


    Mehreen A | Wrap Your Lips Around This

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  11. Me too! #Shutterbugproblems #Bloggerproblems ;) x


    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  12. Where abouts are you from? Near London? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  13. I'm glad it was a pleasant surprise, Annabel! I aim to please! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  14. Lunch and LitApril 16, 2015

    Not quite haha! Across the ocean actually. NYC. Maybe they need a NY branch?

    Soho Revue looks like they will be around for a good long while, the art may be different, but hopefully the vibe will be the same the next time I'm in London.

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  15. wow looks like such a cool new gallery, going to soho tomorrow so might check it out. Love the slow light installation and the marble piece looks amazing!

    Growing Positive

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  16. Well then you must put Soho Revue on your list of places to visit in London!

    I'd love to visit NYC soon, so jealous you live there! My American friends tell me I'm a NYC kinda girl, but I honestly think I'm more LA. Thoughts? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  17. Yes you must check it out! Say hi to Will for me! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  18. Lunch and LitApril 16, 2015

    Oh definitely NYC. You have a quick wit and dry humor that is just not found in those laid-back Cali brains!
    Absolutely come to NYC, maybe when you do, we can even hang out!

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  19. lets team up for a world event on the art world!! open for suggestions...! ring me up send a note "if you feel"

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